Translated by Masahisa Matsunuma
Get Spoiled with Anime Goods at "Havikoro Toy" Nakano Stores
Written by Akihito Usui
The Nakano Broadway, the symbol of the subcultural town of Nakano. There are a large number of anime stores in this shopping complex, let me introduce one of the retailers which boasts a significantly wider selection of items than anyone in the building. It is "Havikoro Toy" and there are three Havikoro Toy stores at the Nakano Broadway. With the cooperation of the store managers, I will report on all the three stores. Let's find everything cool about Havikoro.
"Havikoro Toy Nakano2" Recommended for Women!
Our first stop is the "Havikoro Toy Nakano2"(ハビコロ玩具中野２号店) located on Elevator Avenue on the first floor. This store carries mainly anime goods for women. The entrance is stuffed with goods related to animes currently popular among women such as "Free", "Danganronpa"(ダンガンロンパ), and "Yowamushi Pedal"(弱虫ペダル).
Inside the store, there is an overwhelming number of anime goods waiting for you. Gachapon(capsule toys; ガチャポン) figures and key holders, and even shokugan(toys that come with snacks, drinks, etc; 食玩)! Whatever goods you're looking for, they've got it!
Too Many Items to Choose from? Don't Worry!
It seems so difficult to choose what to buy from this wide selection, but don't worry! Because at Havikoro Toy, items are categorized according to anime titles so you can easily spot the items that you want.
Here is the section for "The Prince of Tennis"(テニスの王子様), the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine(週刊少年ジャンプ). Well, there is another technique at all Havikoro Toy stores throughout the country for customers to find what they are looking for more easily. Find out at the end of this article!
In the display showcase are goods for Yowamushi Pedal which is popular on TV.
Look at this poster of "The Basketball which Kuroko Plays"(黒子のバスケ) on the wall behind the cashier counter. You can see that the store staff members are ready to serve you. By the way, this guy working on putting labels on items behind the counter is Gamba-san, the store manager.
Our next stop is "Havikoro Toy Cardshop KAIZOKUOU"(ハビコロ玩具カードショップ海賊王), which mainly sells trading cards.
Everyone is Welcome! Many Rare "Yu-Gi-Oh" Cards Lined Up in a Row
There is no door at the entrance of "Havikoro Toy Cardshop KAIZOKUOU" located on the second floor of the Nakano Broadway and there are instead a lot of show case cabinets up front so you can have a good look at their large collection.
If you were born in the 90s, you must have played Yu-Gi-Oh(遊戯王) as a child. It's still popular today. The store carries a wide variety of cards in various conditions. Some are in good condition and others are worn and therefore discounted. Yu-Gi-Oh is still so popular that the World Championship is still held annually, so quite a few international customers come visit for this kind of shopping.
Among the collection is a premium card like this. Securely stored in the showcase, of course.
Here are the cards for an arcade game called "Aikatsu!"(アイカツ!) There are, for example, clothes cards and shoes cards. If you use these cards while playing, your favorite character put these items on. According to the store manager, the "Aikatsu!" card collection is one of their most focused areas.
Even Lager Collection! "Havikoro Toy Nakano Broadway Store"
Finally we stop at "Havikoro Toy Nakano Broadway Store"(ハビコロ玩具中野ブロードウェイ店) which is Havikoro Toy's first Nakano Broadway store.
Stepping into the store, you will notice an amazingly large collection of items, even greater than the first two stores above.
There is a notice of a bundle sale of Gachapon items posted by the cashier to ensure a smooth shopping experience.
What Havikoro Toy Does for Customers to Discover What They Want
Having read about the Havikoro Toy stores thus far, did you notice something? Well, there are few items packaged in a box at the Havikoro Toy stores except the relatively larger ones.
For example, take a look at this "The Basketball which Kuroko Plays" product. You can find out what is in the box if you read the package, but what Havikoro Toy does is to make an additional effort of taking products out of the box and make a sample so that you will find out at a glance what is inside. If you take a sample of what you want to the cashier, you will get a packaged one.
This way, you can quickly discover what you want. And moreover, it makes it easy for those who can not read Japanese to shop. They are working hard on the presentation of the merchandize because they carry so many items. That's great of Havikoro Toys to do that!
All the Havikoro Toy stores are open daily throughout the year! So if you have some anime goods in mind, visit one of the stores immediately!
Address: 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 164-0001
Station: Nakano Station of the JR Line. 3 min walk from the north exit of the station via the Sun Mall shopping street.
Havikoro Toy Nakano2
Address: 1st fl., Nakano Broadway
Havikoro Toy Cardshop KAIZOKUOU
Address: 2nd fl., Nakano Broadway
Havikoro Toy Nakano Broadway Store
Address: 3rd fl., Nakano Broadway
Havikoro Toy Website: http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/havikorotoy/